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Death penalty puts U.S. in questionable company

Death penalty puts U.S. in questionable company

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The article on capital punishment in The Pantagraph (Nov. 25) stirred the embers of an issue that never seems to reach resolution, the fires of which may never burn out when the members of society are so polarized as to the propriety of executing criminals.

Most persons are strongly in favor of or strongly against capital punishment. As a citizen of a country that perceives itself as humane and just, I find it noteworthy that in 2004, 97 percent of all executions worldwide occurred in just four countries: China, Iran, Vietnam and ours. This is rather questionable company for our "humane and just" country to keep. Proponents of capital punishment might wish to reflect on that.

Gary Dreher

Chenoa

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